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Halkidiki is a large mainland region of northern Greece, which is famous for its shape, as it has three peninsulas or ‘legs’ as they are better known. From west to east they are Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos. They used to be called ‘popular’ Kassandra, ‘peaceful’ Sithonia and ‘spiritual’ Athos, but they have all changed so much in recent years, they all offer a bit of everything.
The great thing about this region is that due to its geographical lay-out there is the main body of land and then the 3 legs, but they all have different terrains and atmospheres. It is sometimes said to be a ’mainland’ and 3 Islands, but actually they are all connected, especially through a system of excellent roads. Therefore, it is very popular for Fly-Drive Holidays and visitors from the rest of mainland Europe. (and closest to Thessaloniki, which is the 2nd biggest city in Greece and has a major International Airport
Kassandra, ‘the first leg’, was once known as being a resort destination for western Europeans, due the many spectacular beaches it has, but this has changed, due to the increased popularity in cultural, creative and historical tourism.
A couple popular places to visit are Nea Fokea and Afytos, which are situated in the northern region of the peninsula, but there are many in the southern part too. Nea Fokea and surrounding region has some interesting sites, which include Sanctuary of Zeus Ammon, Byzantine Tower of St Paul and Crypt of Apostle Paul. The crypt is a great little adventure, as you must crawl down the narrow tunnel, which was the Apostles hiding place, to gain access to a small alter area and natural spring, which is used as holy water.
A nearby local village square is a lovely looking area with traditional buildings, monuments and restaurants. One restaurant positioned in the corner of the square, which is called Masalia, is extremely popular and has been for many years. It grows some of its own food and sources the rest from local suppliers, so it really is a taste of the regional cuisine.
Aftos is a very popular area for tourists, due to the houses, shops and restaurants being ‘protected’, for their traditional design. This area is not allowed to be increased in size and all building are closely monitored to ensure they retain their authentic appearance and atmosphere. This extends to the edge of ‘the rock’ as it is known, where there is a promenade full of restaurants bars and shops. This cliff-top walkway has stunning views of the Toroneos Gulf and provides breath-taking sun-sets, so has become an extremely famous and popular visitor destination for visitors from near and far.
There are many options for accommodation, but one of the best hotels in the region is the Blue Bay Hotel, with its; pool, spa, balconies with sea views, high quality rooms, excellent restaurant and top-class customer service.
This region is growing as a Wedding Destination, as it has stunning views, brilliant beaches, perfect weather, quality food and drink. The Kassandra Municipality are actively helping this increase by assisting with all the necessary official parts of the arrangements. They are doing is in a very friendly and professional way, which lets the couple get on and enjoy the rest of the organisation of their special day. The Municipality of Kassandra and its tourism department – Visit Kassandra – are always looking for collaboration and investment from organisations worldwide.
Sithonia is the ‘second or middle leg’ of the three and is known for relaxation and having a laid-back life-style and touch-of-class to many of its venues and destinations. It is also popular for its Marinas and Harbors, which there are many throughout the peninsula. They are popular for all kinds of visitors, not just the sailing fraternity. The atmosphere, sites, sounds and smells around these harbors are quite absorbing, with all the bars, restaurants, shops and sea views. If visitors want to actually get out onto the water, there are many different types of trips; Fishing, Dolphin Watching, Swimming, Sunset Cruises, Mount Athos etc. Of course, for real seafarers, they can moor their own yacht, charter one to self-crewing or have an experienced crew do it for them. Grek Addict Travel Designers is a travel experience marketplace aiming to bring together small travel experience service providers with visitors of Greece. Grekaddict is committed to finding high quality activities that tourists would enjoy with their family and friends. All of their activities are hand-picked and quality checked prior to being published. Grekaddict aims to provide their users an easy and quick way to find and book desired travel experiences. Tourism Department of Sithonia Municipality are always looking for collaboration and investment from organisations worldwide.
Kalives is an interesting destination and well known for it for vegetation, farming, food and drink production. A good way to learn about the community and heritage of the area is to visit one of the local family run farms/cottages. The Manti family and staff have opened-up their home, so people can see how local’s life of the land and produce local goods. The activities visitors get involved include; getting up close and personal with all the animals, helping tend to the ‘bee hives’, finding the ‘queen bee’ and collecting the honey. Plus, a tour of the Olive Plantation and seeing how the whole process works. The best part is a lunch made of all the produce that they make and locally source; honey, olive oil, bread, cheese, salad, vegetable, fish, meat, wine and ouzo.
This ‘earth to table’ experience is excellent, but when the warmth, friendship and hospitality of the hosts is added, it makes it a real memory that will last a lifetime. Epiculiar Tours can arrange this experience as they design and deliver interactive experiences for travelers enabling them to uncover hidden gems that few tourists can find on their own. The prime ambition is to help the guests experience, explore and engage with authentic Greece. Epiculiar local hosts take visitors by the hand to share what the real Greek ‘philoxenia’ means.
There are many types of accommodation in the region, especially ones taking advantage of the cliff-top locations and spectacular views. The Thalassokipos Hotel will fill all vacation needs with moments to cherish for life. Built amphitheatrically on a hill surrounded by the sea, the hotel has spectacular view to the isles of Vourvourou with Mount Athos in the background. During a stay enjoy the chance to relax and de-stress, next to the turquoise sea on a secluded beach in front of the building. The fish restaurants in the region are famous for their cuisine, never mind their great locations and views. The Aristos Sea Food Restaurant is one of the best and located in the middle of the lovely harbor.
Athos, and in particular Mount Athos is the ‘third leg’ and is one of the most famous religious places in the world. It receives thousands of visitors every year, who take cruisers around the peninsula, in order to see the spectacular monastery’s that are located there. The history of the mountain and the monasteries is extremely interesting and the fact that 20 of these immense religious buildings remain intact today is amazing. There are still hundreds of monks, living in solitude, devoting lives to their beliefs, but others communicate and mix with the nearby community. The monks make the monasteries self-sufficient, by selling the produce they grow and make, such as; wine, olive oil, vegetables, fruit, cheese, yogurt, crafts etc.
Due to the religious regulations that rule Athos Mount, no females are allowed to step foot on it and males are only allowed with very special permission. Athos is patrolled by Police at all times to ensure that these rules are preserved.
The port town of Ouranoupoli, where many of the boats that carry out the cruises around Athos, is lovely place itself. It has bars, restaurants, shops, all positioned in lovely charter filled walkways and avenues. It also has Zygou Monastery, which is one of the rare monastery sites on Athos outside of the security boundary. Therefore, it is accessible to all and worth a visit. There is also the harbor area and ‘tower’, which are great places to visit too.
Nearby is Lerissos, which is an interesting and exciting place, as it has a variety of accommodations, great bars, restaurants and clubs. Whilst there, a visit to the 3D Exhibition Centre is recommended too, as it contains a museum and provides other services too.
Olympiada Village is a lovely quaint destination and is home to the Ancient City of Stagira, the birth place (and maybe burial place) of the great philosopher ARISTOTLE. To tour the remains is very interesting experience and it reveals how large the city really was.
The Liotopi Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Olympiada. The hotel, situated at the edge of the village, is surrounded by a verdurous garden and is ideal for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Liotopi has 16 uniquely decorated and spotlessly clean rooms, 10 of which have sea view. The embroidered pillowcases, the attention to the detail, the relaxing atmosphere and the hospitality of the owners guarantee a unique experience for all guests.
The same family also run the Akroyali Restaurant, which serves a delightful range of Greek food and specialises in fish, which as it is located on the sea front, you would expect. Dimitris who is the owner, will ensure a professional service and with humor too, as a coincidence he is also a guide of the ancient city too!
Another fun and interesting place to visit is Aristotle’s Park where people of all ages can enjoy seeing and using instruments and structures, which were invented or discovered by the great man.
The Municipality of Aristotle, Halkidiki are always looking for collaboration and investment from around worldwide.
Only a short distance away, is the port of Tripiti, which is where the ferry to Ammouliani Island is boarded. There are thousands of Islands off the mainland, but not many as small as this charming little piece of Greek peacefulness. Measuring only 4.5 sq kms in size it is definitely worth a visit, as it is only a 10-minute ferry journey and at a cost of a couple of euro.
It has great views of Mount Athos, the mainland and estuary, plus many sandy beaches with turquoise waters. For such a small place, there are many things to do for any visitor; swimming, diving, fishing, walking, museum, cultural events, etc. It a beautiful looking serene Island with its traditional buildings and character filled main square. There are many bars, restaurants, shops too, so in between all that relaxing, a bit of socialising and retail therapy can be done. The Island has many types of accommodation, but one of the best is the Sunrise Hotel, which is centrally placed, has quality rooms and is a family run venue with great food, drink and hospitality too.
Some visitors go to the Island as a day trip, others do the 14-day holiday experience, but many stay for 4/6 weeks at a time, to totally distress from the pressures of life by relaxing and reenergizing there. As the Islanders say – ‘A small island – a great time’.
The Business Association of Ammouliani Island are always looking for collaboration and investment from organizations worldwide.
The Halkidiki Tourism Organisation is a professional and pro-active department and are open to work with any organisation to collaborate in any form of partnership to promote the region.